Our friends at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in downtown Atlanta are reaching out on Saturdays to at-risk and neglected children. Their Saturday school aims to promote academic achievement, good character, and self esteem. Big Bethel–one of our partners in the Interfaith Children’s Movement–has asked us to roll up our sleeves and join in this important effort.
Many of the children Big Bethel serves live in the Old Fourth Ward, where UUCA partners with Hope-Hill Elementary and Operation P.E.A.C.E.. Those of us who have seen Big Bethel’s program in action can attest to the value of the work the church is doing on Saturdays with children of all faiths.
Big Bethel’s Saturday program runs from 10 to 3 at the church’s recreational center located at 208 Auburn Avenue. Volunteer reading classroom helpers are needed from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday. Volunteer math classroom helpers are needed from 1 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. No experience is required for classroom helper volunteers.
Math, reading and writing tutors also are needed to work in 50 minute sessions with small groups of students or one-on-one. We are especially interested in experienced tutors who can establish an individualized curriculum for an at-risk student; volunteer tutors who are current, former, or retired teachers are especially welcome.
If you can help, please fill out this form and submit it. If you would prefer to work with children at a certain grade level or range of grade levels, please let us know in Grade Level Preferences; if you don’t have a grade preference, you may leave that field blank. In the “how many Saturdays” field please indicate whether you can come most or all Saturdays every month, or only certain Saturdays, for example, the second and fourth Saturdays. If you have a special interest or talent you would like to share with the children, there is a field for that, too.